IEBC must deliver credible election-Bishops

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) should endeavour to deliver clean, transparent and credible polls.

Bishop Martin Kivuva, the Archbishop of the Catholic Diocese of Mombasa and Bishop Julius Kalu of the Anglican Church of Kenya (ACK) asked the IEBC to hold the polls slated for August 8 in a free, fair and credible manner.

Credible and open elections will ensure peace and stability after the crucial polls, said Bishop Kivuva. The two clergymen were speaking in Mombasa on Sunday.

Kenyans should stop equating elections to going to war because we don’t want a repeat of the 2007/2008 post-election violence, said Bishop Kivuva.

The clerics were speaking at Mission to Seamen in Mombasa during the annual Sea Sunday service prayer for 1.5 million seafarers in 200 ports from 50 countries across the world.

Bishop Kalu said Kenyans should cherish the peace they have and refuse to be lured into electoral violence by self seeking politicians and ethnic demagogues.

We should not allow politicians to incite us before, during and after the elections, said Bishop Kalu.

The two religious leaders urged the electoral body to take all-out efforts to ensure security during the elections.

Mission to Seamen Chaplain Rev. Moses Muli said there are 121 seamen missions offering services to the seamen after staying long periods at sea.

There are 121 ports around the globe offering refreshments, recreational activities, internet facilities and chance to spend in the high seas, said Rev. Muli.

Rev. Muli said in cases of piracy, ship wreck, abandonment and a serious injury, the mission is as hand to offer Christians spiritual nourishment and guidance.

Bishop Kalu said the Seamen Mission was previously being financed by the British Royal family but since 2016 the responsibility was taken over by the Anglican Church.

Source: Kenya News Agency